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Vicky Chow and Tristan Perich: Surface Image and Observations

Part of Sound Horizon 2016

“A masterpiece of (Post)Romantic proportions: an epic struggle between man and machine, pushing the piano beyond the limits of playability. There are moments of breakneck virtuosity and profound lyricism, beauty and menace. It is both an alien landscape and one that’s eerily familiar.” —Feast of Music

Tristan Perich’s Surface Image brings together his inspired electronic aesthetic and pianist Vicky Chow’s fiercely virtuosic playing. Vicky Chow, “one of the new stars of new music” (Los Angeles Times) intertwines her nuanced and dynamic playing with a sublime flurry of dazzling 1-bit sounds, artfully crafted by Perich who focuses electronic and compositional micro-processes into music whose “power comes from the sublime, sheer power of its whole” (WQXR). Perich’s Observations (performed and composed by Perich for two sets of crotales and 6-channel 1-bit music) will be presented as an interesting shorter counterpart to the immersive 60-minute Surface Image.

Copresented with SPCO’s Liquid Music series.


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